Sonic Gets Another Shot on TV in Sonic Boom Cartoon Next Year

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Sonic Gets Another Shot on TV in Sonic Boom Cartoon Next Year

Sonic and friends get the CGi treatment in Sonic Boom.

Sonic the Hedgehog is coming back to TV, folks. Sega announced that their most popular character will star in a new CG-animated series, Sonic Boom next fall. Co-producers SEGA of America and Genao Productions will produce 52 eleven-minute episodes for the series initial run, which will air on Cartoon Network in the US, as well as Canal J and Gulli in France.

Believe it or not, Boom will be Sonic's fifth TV series in the last twenty years.

Described as a "character-driven comedy," Sonic Boom will follow the exploits of Sonic, Tails, Knuckles and Amy, as they "search for adventure" and square off against Dr. Eggman and other villains.

"Sonic is the star of the SEGA universe and the stage is now set for him to shine like never before. By teaming up with world-class partners in television animation like Cartoon Network, Genao Productions and GULLI, we're ensuring that the Sonic legacy will be introduced to a new generation of children across the globe," said Sonic Chief Content Officer Hiroyuki Miyazaki.

Source: Sega Blog

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That shadow of Knuckles suggests that he's going to be a lot more imposing than he has been in the past. Kind of... odd. But hey, I'll give it a shot.

I was about to be all "OH GOD WHAT HAVE THEY DONE TO KNUCKLES", but looking at it, I think the redesign might be kinda cool. I mean, it did always seem a bit strange that this massive powerhouse had arms the same width as everyone else.
Still, my opinion doesn't really matter because I doubt I'm going to watch it. Unless everyone who watches it tells me it's really, really good.

The outlines of the characters worry me a bit, but I'll be cautiously optimistic.

Personally I dread the fact Amy is in it more than whatever redesign they are doing to Knuckles.

... wait what?
Of all the things I was expecting to hear about Sonic stuff. Another cartoon, was not on my thought process. It looks as though they really want to try and redesign them a bit too. Even sonic's iconic silhouette has a few extra stray quills. And Knuckles... damn. He's been lifting. Looks though to be American made, or at least Canadian, if it's airing on Cartoon Network.

I'm not sure what I can say, I will probably try to watch it, but I honestly didn't like Sonic X. The production values on that show were really crap. A CGI cartoon series... I dont' know, I'm feeling trepidation.

Knuckles is rather big...

Lets hope it works.

Only 11 minute episodes? How much adventure are they going to get in in 11 minutes?

Buccura:
Personally I dread the fact Amy is in it more than whatever redesign they are doing to Knuckles.

Let's not jump to any conclusions here. There's no such things as bad characters...only bad ways in which they are written. If Amy is depicted as someone OTHER than a fangirl more obsessed than Kathy Bates' character in "Misery", this could be a step in the right direction.

CAPTCHA: HEARTACHE

You're not helping, Captcha.

Actually...the only way this new cartoon will succeed is if Sega agrees NOT to weigh in on the writing. The Archie comic is kind of struggling right now despite the hiring of Ian Flynn (who proved his worth to fans with his "Sonic - Other M" fancomic) because Sega is paranoid about their precious IP and can't keep their grubby paws off of the writing, which is supposed to be Ian's job but Sega won't let him. As a colleague of mine said: "Sega can't write their way out of a wet paper bag with an acid tipped titanium stylus."

Oh, this can only end well...

Which reminds me, wasn't someone trying to make another Pac-Man Cartoon?

Knuckles better have the Yugioh voice (Dan Green) and for some reason explain why he's buff as shit.

And Amy better die, somehow. I don't care how comedic, no-one likes Amy.

canadamus_prime:
Only 11 minute episodes? How much adventure are they going to get in in 11 minutes?

I suppose the same way Adventure time and Regular show do. Give it a simple plot that can be wrapped up in 11 minutes, maybe extend it to a full half hour if it's something significant. It'll mostly be reduced to silly antics and mayhem.

Oh please tell me they're going to save the planet from disaster.

Was Knuckles working out? :D

Well, doesn't look that bad actually, i might look into it.

I just looked at Genaos line up and I havn't heard of one of their shows, are any of them even out yet?

How this makes them world class I don't know, anyone else know anything about this company?

Jeeze, they made Knuckles huge. Wonder if the show will be very story heavy like the Sonic Adventure games, or be pretty light and hijinxy. I guess with 11 minutes they probably can't cram too much story into em.

I've always been conflicted about that stuff in Sonic. On the one hand, younger me really dug the high stakes and melodrama of the Sonic Adventure games (As well as Heroes and, to a lesser degree, Shadow the Hedgehog game). They were the first games that really got me paying attention to plot and story-telling. On the other hand I can totally understand how it wasn't a great fit with cartoon animals as the main characters, and that the story was very, very weak compared to other story-centric games. I still applaud them for trying, though maybe it would have been better in another series.

Oh dear...

I'm not hyped for this. Brings back memories of that lame sonic cartoon where everything was ridiculous to the point of it being stupid.

Well, let's hope it works out I guess.

dragongit:

canadamus_prime:
Only 11 minute episodes? How much adventure are they going to get in in 11 minutes?

I suppose the same way Adventure time and Regular show do. Give it a simple plot that can be wrapped up in 11 minutes, maybe extend it to a full half hour if it's something significant. It'll mostly be reduced to silly antics and mayhem.

Yeah, I've heard of shows with only 15 minute runtimes, but I would think Sonic would require at least 25 minutes which his previous cartoons got. With only 11 minutes there's not going to be much substance to this.

Does nobody in any industry have any pattern recognition skills?
And why can't they just call him Robotnik again? To make it more in line with the Japanese version? Just have the Japanese version also call him Robotnik. Problem solved.

Wonder if they are going to bring Jaleel White to voice Sonic...

Not so sure about the series, to be honest.

Nobody?

No?

I''ve gotta be the one to post this?

Seriously that better be the theme song. That or the Crush 40 vs Cash Cash mix.

OT: Interesting, may watch it sometime, but probably not, being outside the US and avoiding TV as I do. Would rather a show about the Chaotix Crew and the Metallix Brotherhood or something but whatever.

im guessin that this will prob be done in the same shitty cgi that most cartoons are done in nowadays. If that shadow is knuckles then its a horrible redesign, however when i look at the image i think it looks more like vector the croc.

Eeeeeeeeeeeeh.

Nothing will ever top SatAM. Ever. Its Milton Knight-designed sister series tried for a Tom and Jerry structure and pissed the point (giving us annoying memes in the process), Sonic Underground offered a redeeming use of Gary Chalk but stuck songs into the mix, and I honestly stopped caring once I saw what Sonic X was.

I'm of the Julian Kintobor generation, and Eggman just doesn't cut it, no matter how many times I hear that he's the canonical antagonist of the series, designed and sanctioned by Sega. I'm in the ignored minority, so I can be fairly certain that this new show won't do it for me. That is, unless Eggman actually grows mildly threatening and sheds some of his hyperactive man-child leanings.

Question: will Tales have the shrill voice of a thousand screaming harpies?

Sonic X (the last cartoon) did one thing for the world:

It gave the internet a positively absurd amount of furry and furry/human porn. They singlehandedly funded Palcomix for a while there.

So if you're into that (I'm not but IF you are), good on them.

Other than that, like most 4kids programs, it was a pile of ass and chips.

So, call me cautious that this will turn out to be anything but a short-lived marketing ploy.

You know what, everyone's right. Robotnik does need to return to form here. Let's see what the good versions of the character did:

Turn animals into an army of robot slaves.
Take over the world.
Pit the only two beings who could stop him against each other.
Set up a trap-filled space station of death with a sapient robot version of his nemesis and giant death-mecha at the end.
Remove the source of enemy's power from any location he intends to fight said enemy to the death.
Actually steal the Master Emerald due to MACHINATIONS.
Develop a taste for monologing in a voice you can swirl brandy to while vowing revenge.

Diablo1099:
Oh, this can only end well...

Which reminds me, wasn't someone trying to make another Pac-Man Cartoon?

It's actually been airing for a couple of months (on Disney XD here in the States, dunno where for any other country). It's.. not a COMPLETE abomination.

Souplex:
Does nobody in any industry have any pattern recognition skills?
And why can't they just call him Robotnik again? To make it more in line with the Japanese version? Just have the Japanese version also call him Robotnik. Problem solved.

From what I've come to understand is that his official name still is Dr. Robotnik. Sonic and his friends, however, prefer to call him Dr. Eggman as an insult to the fact that he's shaped like an egg.

IamLEAM1983:
Eeeeeeeeeeeeh.

Nothing will ever top SatAM. Ever. Its Milton Knight-designed sister series tried for a Tom and Jerry structure and pissed the point (giving us annoying memes in the process), Sonic Underground offered a redeeming use of Gary Chalk but stuck songs into the mix, and I honestly stopped caring once I saw what Sonic X was.

I'm of the Julian Kintobor generation, and Eggman just doesn't cut it, no matter how many times I hear that he's the canonical antagonist of the series, designed and sanctioned by Sega. I'm in the ignored minority, so I can be fairly certain that this new show won't do it for me. That is, unless Eggman actually grows mildly threatening and sheds some of his hyperactive man-child leanings.

MCerberus:
You know what, everyone's right. Robotnik does need to return to form here. Let's see what the good versions of the character did:

Turn animals into an army of robot slaves.
Take over the world.
Pit the only two beings who could stop him against each other.
Set up a trap-filled space station of death with a sapient robot version of his nemesis and giant death-mecha at the end.
Remove the source of enemy's power from any location he intends to fight said enemy to the death.
Actually steal the Master Emerald due to MACHINATIONS.
Develop a taste for monologing in a voice you can swirl brandy to while vowing revenge.

Yes to both of you. I would kill to see a Sonic game in which Robotnik is a legitimately serious threat. Not this cartoony buffoon that he's been since Sonic Heroes.
In terms of which game represented him best, he actually pulled it off really well in Sonic Adventure 2. Let's look at the list, shall we?

-broke into a military base single-handedly.
-took on a carrier fleet (and won).
-held the world hostage with a supercannon.
-blew up the moon.
-held Amy Rose hostage with an actual GUN.
-tricked Sonic into a damn near perfect deathtrap (seriously, if Sonic didn't suddenly pull off Chaos Control, that's it. Dead hedgehog, end of franchise).
-actually got all 7 Chaos Emeralds into said supercannon.

If it wasn't for Gerald's AI taking over Space Colony ARK and forcing Eggman to work with the heroes, he would've WON. Holy crap, where did that version of Robotnik suddenly vanish to? I want him back!

The thing is, the American market started calling him Robotnik, but the sad thing is as far as canon goes, he's always been Doctor Eggman. This is the unfortunately true fact that a lot of current-form defenders will dredge up to no end. In their mind, Eggman has finally adopted a universal design and personality that stays the same across the comics, games and localizations.

Where this hurts is where the Eggman defenders refuse to consider that Miyazaki and company more or less butchered a good chunk of their audience's childhood memories. Canon is one thing, suddenly twisting it out of shape because someone at Sega of Japan went "You know what? This shit's over! Screw the old fans, screw the Archie Comics and Fleetway readers! Everyone on the Eggman train, fuck that stupid fat American design!" is another.

I understand and accept that, but it feels like Sega didn't realize that Sonic, as a brand, has become bigger than their core team's designs. I don't understand how the two versions of the same antagonist couldn't coexist, and I don't understand why Sega isn't willing to crib from the comics' one or two good ideas. This whole transmedia thing could be a great opportunity for mutual growth, but all I'm seeing is Sega occasionally dropping a line at Archie and going "Oh, hey. We're launching a new Sonic title in a couple months, you mind producing mini-comics where Sonic drives go-karts or surfs or turns into a werewolf for us?"

That's disappointing, honestly.

Some part of me looks forward to this. There have been some real lemons in Sonic's TV history, but also a couple of gems. Much like his game history, really.

I'm actually kind of optimistic. They've cut the cast back down to the Genesis four and made Knuckles into a powerhouse again. Plus, it looks like it'll actually take place on freaking Mobious instead of "Generic human setting with Sonic characters" that's been happening far too much.

If they don't remix the Sonic SatAm theme like they did with the TMNT theme for their new show, I'm going to be pissed.

Diablo1099:
Oh, this can only end well...

Which reminds me, wasn't someone trying to make another Pac-Man Cartoon?

It happened. It exists. And that is all I will tell you about the horror...

... I really miss the Freedom Fighters seasons...

Not that I'll rewatch them, I have a feeling my memory doesn't reflect the reality of the quality of that show. On the other hand, the Earthworm Jim TV show is still fun to watch so maybe Sonic Freedom Fighter stood the test of time too.

Think Snively will be featured in this one?

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